A Few More Exciting Possibilities:
Rounding out our rotation is where the truly wishful thinking comes in for me. I predict Cole to be back in 2020. Though negotiations will be very sticky because of all of the interest he is going to command this offseason, I believe Cole likes winning and that this will play a huge part in his decision. I’m very optimistic he accepts a reasonable offer from the Astros to return next season.
Let’s have some fun, though, and let’s just look at some of the other options the Astros would have to choose from to add to the rotation.
It goes without saying that José Urquidy definitely earned at least a #4 or #5 spot in the rotation. He held his own in the postseason and seems to have earned the respect of the management, the team, and the fans alike. We should look for him to be a part of those likely to round out our rotation.
The Astros certainly have the ability to fill out the rotation without going elsewhere. With Brad Peacock figuring out his shoulder/neck issues, could he possibly be stretched out to be our #4 or #5? Or maybe it could be Josh James to the rescue in 2020. Were it not for his injury in Spring Training in 2019, it’s possible he’s already part of that rotation for us. Maybe we give James another shot in 2020.
If we were to re-sign Cole, add Urquidy, Peacock, and/or James to the rotation, with Will Harris, Joe Smith, and Ryan Pressly rounding out the pen nicely, thoughts then move to Cionel Perez and Framber Valdez as possible adds to the pen. And let’s not forget about Bryan Abreu and Joe Biagini. We have tons of possibilities that could pan out very well for us in 2020.
Or maybe we finally get to see what Forrest Whitley has to offer. Since his 2019 year was not all that great, is he going to need more time in the minors to mature? Or will he finally be ready for his debut in the big show?